Sunday, February 26, 2012

Mayo. Traces of Famine Past. Michael Viney Writes.

This references an article of culture, tone, atmosphere, a heartbeat of a part of a country, that should be online and is not. It is Michael Viney, who wrote a "chronicle of country life" -- A Year's Turning, in 1996. This excerpt may be from that, see Natural History Endpaper, April 1999 at p. 104.  For the book, see

 Old crop rows show under the grass. The rows are raised beds of earth where potatoes and oats grew, before the Famine.  They look like wales of corduroy, says Michael Viiney, columnist with the Irish Times. His article, Long Live the Weeds, appeared in the April 1999 issue of Natural History, but is not online. See
The land with its echoe of the past is a cacophony of textures, smells. Fuschia windbreaks, fleeces of dead nettle, amid vegetables in the sandy soil.  Weed and wildflower, why distinguish. Colors, and a lovely ramble through his experience in his garden, with the hoe, not too fiercely managing this and encouraging that. Ruined cabins nearby, stones falling, bumblebees, hoverflies. A summer acre in "flowery continuum.: Many of the weeds we consider American came in on the coattails of the English colonists.
This should be online.

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